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Science Year 10

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​​​​​Subject description​

In the Year 10 curriculum students explore systems at different scales and connect microscopic and macroscopic properties to explain phenomena. Students explore the biological, chemical, geological and physical evidence for different theories, such as the theories of natural selection and the Big Bang.

Students develop their understanding of atomic theory to understand relationships within the periodic table. They understand that motion and forces are related by applying physical laws. They learn about the relationships between aspects of the living, physical and chemical world that are applied to systems on a local and global scale and this enables them to predict how changes will affect equilibrium within these systems.

​At Burpengary State Secondary College, we have divided year 10 science into two different courses of study: General and Applied. Students will need to pick one or the other when making their subject selections for year 10.

​​General Science​​
​Applied Science​​​
​​General subjects are suited to students who are interested in academic pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to tertiary studies and to pathways for vocational education and training and work. This subject is a pre-requisite to selecting a senior science in Year 11 and 12 and the assessment mimics the senior syllabus.​
​Applied subjects are suited to students who are primarily interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational education and training or work. There are many practical based activities and real life applications of scientific concepts. ​

Skills developed

Information retrieval from listening, observing and research. Scientific reading and writing. Data representation and analysis.

Out of class requirements

It is expected that students will need to complete approximately 2 hours of homework/study each week.

Course Outline and Assessment

​Year 10​​​ - General & Applied
Term 1 Physical science
Students will examine energy transfers and transformations and how the motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics.
​Term 2 Biological science
Students will study evolution and how heritable characteristics involve DNA and genes.
​Term 3 Chemical science
Students will examine the science of molecular structure which aids in the understanding of chemical reactions.
Term 4 Earth and space science
Students will study the universe and global systems. ​


​​General Science
​Applied Science
Assessment
Student Experiment
Research Task
Semester Exam
Yearly Exam
Assessment
Student Experiment
Project
Semester Exam
Yearly Exam


Year 11 Courses and Prer​equisites​​​
​​General Subjects
​​Applied ​Subjects
Biology - B Science and a C English
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Chemistry - B Science, B General Mathematics and a C English

Psychology - B Science​ and a C English

Physics - B Science, B General Mathematics and a C English 
Science in Practice - no prerequisite

Aquatic Practices
- no prerequisite

Agricultural Practices - no prerequisite


​Extra-curricular opportunities
​National Science Week​
STEM Innovation Program
Science Competitions



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Last reviewed 11 June 2021
Last updated 11 June 2021